The Campaign to End AIDS (www.c2ea.org) and the National Minority AIDS Council (www.nmac.org) have developed a joint advocacy action for Wednesday February 7, National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day.
On Wednesday February 7, C2EA is urging people all over the country to participate in a national call-in day to demand action from Congress on key items in the FY07 federal budget to fight AIDS in Black America. Call Congress toll free at 888-802-1207.
Tell your Senator and Representative: "We need your help to stop the AIDS crisis in Black America. This year's federal budget must include new funding for AIDS housing, prevention and treatment to implement the five-point action plan recommended by the National Minority AIDS Council."
STEPS YOU CAN TAKE ON HIGH-PRIORITY AIDS ISSUES TODAY
1. AIDS Housing
Make sure the federal Health Resources & Services Agency (HRSA) knows AIDS housing is essential to the health of people living with HIV/AIDS. Submit your comments to HRSA by February 5
2. HIV Treatment for All
Sign on to support the Early Treatment for HIV Act (ETHA) which would allow states to expand Medicaid to cover everyone living with HIV and provide enhanced funding to make it happen. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org; for more info on ETHA .
The 26 cities with the highest prevalence of HIV/AIDS for African Americans include New York, NY; Washington, DC; Miami, FL; Philadelphia, PA; Chicago, IL; Atlanta, GA; Baltimore, MD; Los Angeles, CA; Houston, TX; San Francisco, CA; Dallas, TX; Detroit, MI; New Orleans, LA; Memphis, TN; Boston, MA; St. Louis, MO; Virginia Beach, VA; Orlando, FL; Jacksonville, FL; Columbia, SC; Tampa, FL; Baton Rouge, LA; Cleveland, OH; Richmond, VA; Charlotte, NC; and San Diego, CA.
HIV/AIDS affects everyone. If you're not infected with it you're affected by it. Go and get tested today. I know my status do you know yours? Choose life.